I have been inspired to write again after a long hiatus, stay tuned for more!
I have been inspired to write again after a long hiatus, stay tuned for more!
Today seems like the right day to start blogging again.
While facing a slight bit of writers block it came to me, my personal faith journey and how it started in my adult life.
It was my own personal road to Damascus sort of speak. God’s plan for my conversion started way before I was aware.
Being brought up Catholic I went through the motions of CCD and all the sacraments you receive. This brought me to the start of God’s plan. I needed a Comfirmation sponsor. My answer was easy, it would be my grandfather. He was the most faithful man I had ever known. When I asked him he said no, he was suffering from the early stages of Alzheimer’s and was afraid he would forget what to say. So I asked my grandmother to be my sponsor and she agreed.
Fast forward some years later and me not going to church or having any religion in my life. God had not forgotten me. He meet me where I was. My grandfather passed away, it was a very sad time for me. The strongest person during this time was my grandmother due to her faith.
Several months later I was thinking about her and how she would go to Mass every Sunday morning with my grandfather 8:00 Mass second pew on the right. Now she was there alone. I decided this wasn’t right, so I started to attend Mass with her on Sundays. (I did miss a few Sundays)
This act on my part I thought was for her but it ended up being for me. God had brought me back through my Grandmother. This was my eye opening and initial conversion, My Road to Damascus.
I have and do stumble sometimes but God brings me back, thanks to wonderful people in my life, my wife and my daughter and to this day my grandmother.
“Was blind, but now I see. “
Please excuse any bad grammar or typos my proof reader (my wife) is away.
Mother Theresa Humility list
1. Speak as little as possible about yourself.
2. Keep busy with your own affairs and not those of others.
3. Avoid curiosity.
4. Do not interfere in the affairs of others.
5. Accept small irritations with good humor.
6. Do not dwell on the faults of others.
7. Accept censures even if unmerited.
8. Give in to the will of others.
9. Accept insults and injuries.
10. Accept contempt, being forgotten and disregarded.
11. Be courteous and delicate even when provoked by someone.
12. Do not seek to be admired and loved.
13. Do not protect yourself behind your own dignity.
14. Give in, in discussions, even when you are right.
15. Choose always the more difficult task.
1, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, and 15, these are the numbers from this list that I think would be the hardest to follow. I wouldn’t expect myself to change overnight as far as being able to follow this list. This list of course was by a very humble and caring woman, Blessed Theresa of Calcutta. I read this list every so often and wonder how she was able to follow it, I’m sure not always perfectly but surely better than I could. So pondering this I’ve decided to try my best to do a little self improvement experiment and try to follow this list the best I can for the next week and then write a new post about my experience. I hope for it to change me a bit for the better. I invite anyone that reads this post to give it a try even for just a day. If you do please post your experience in the comments. Thanks for reading.
The Prayer, The Fruit
By Mother Theresa
The fruit of silence is prayer.
The fruit of prayer is faith.
The fruit of faith is love.
The fruit of love is service.
The fruit of service is peace.
A few weekends ago, my wife and daughter were away. So, I called an old friend, the priest that presided at our wedding. He was reassigned from our parish for over three years now and I had only sporadically kept in touch with him. My wife and I had a great relationship with him. We had him over our house for a football game and had visited him at the rectory to watch a baseball game. He would always be sure to seek us out before mass to say hello and see how things were going with us. I decided to call him to see if he’d like to get together. I told him my wife was away and I was living the bachelor life for a couple of days. I asked him if he would like to go out for dinner or a drink. He was happy that I called and coincidentally he was on vacation that
week. We met up at a restaurant near where he was staying; a place he is a regular at when he’s on vacation. We had a great time catching up and talking about life, family, and faith. Fr. is very down to earth and easy to talk to. I consider him a friend as well as a spiritual leader. He then said something that struck me. He said he was glad that I called because he was just sitting around and he was kind of lonely. He admitted that he isn’t one to pick up the phone and call someone, something that I can relate to, I can be this way too. We had a great night and I told him he would hear from my wife and me more often and we would be visiting more often as well. My point is, besides their families, priests need friends too. Don’t just assume that they are too busy. Give them a call, take them out, invite them to dinner. They need your friendship. These men are very important to our spiritual lives, let’s show them how much they mean to us.
A prayer for priests by Pope John-Paul II
Source: John Paul II, conclusion of the Post-synodal Apostolic Exhortation “Pastores dabo vobis” on the formation of priests in the circumstances of the present day, March 25, 1992.
Mother of Jesus Christ
and Mother of priests,
accept this title which we bestow on you to celebrate your motherhood
and to contemplate with you the priesthood
of, your Son and of your sons,
O holy Mother of God.
O Mother of Christ,
to the Messiah-priest you gave a body of flesh
through the anointing of the Holy Spirit
for the salvation of the poor and the contrite of heart;
guard priests in your heart and in the Church,
O Mother of the Savior.
O Mother of Faith,
you accompanied to the Temple the Son of Man,
the fulfillment of the promises given to the fathers;
give to the Father for his glory
the priests of your Son,
O Ark of the Covenant.
O Mother of the Church,
in the midst of the disciples in the upper room
you prayed to the Spirit
for the new people and their shepherds;
obtain for the Order of Presbyters
a full measure of gifts,
O Queen of the Apostles.
O Mother of Jesus Christ,
you were with him at the beginning
of his life and mission,
you sought the Master among the crowd,
you stood beside him when he was lifted up from the earth
consumed as the one eternal sacrifice,
and you had John, your son, near at hand;
accept from the beginning those who have been called,
protect their growth,
in their life ministry accompany your sons,
O Mother of Priests.
In recent days I have been reflecting on Saint Joseph the foster father of Jesus and spouse of our Blessed Mother. I have been looking to him as a role model for me and all husbands and fathers. He stood patiently in the background raising our savior along side his wife Mary. When I hem and haw about my honey-do list and think what a pain in the butt, I need to remember these menial tasks pale in comparison to the task Joseph undertook when he accepted Gods call to be a husband to Mary and a foster father to Jesus. He did this without question. He did not require praise or people validating what he was doing. He was doing what a husband and father have the privilege to do, love his wife and child. So the next time I feel like I’m unappreciated or complaining about taking out the trash I only have to do what imagine Saint Joseph did and see that what I do is for the good of my family. I need to remember that the smiles and love from my wife and daughter are reward enough.
As the guardian of my family, that I constantly instill Catholic values, I pray to the Lord.
When I am discouraged and weary, give me the grace to be strong, I pray to the Lord.
To be a source of patience, understanding and love to my family, I pray to the Lord.
To teach my children always to do Your will, using the Blessed Mother and Saint Joseph as examples, I pray to the Lord.
Help me willingly and joyfully to accept the sacrifices I must make for the common good of my family, I pray to the Lord.
Help me to instill in my children a love for Jesus and His Church so that they will be witness to others, I pray to the Lord.
This morning I was reading the daily Gospel Reading, and was struck by Luke 5:8 When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at the knees of Jesus and said, “Depart from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man.”. It really started me thinking, if this man our first Pope, the rock that the church is built on felt unworthy to be in the presence of Jesus. Yet Jesus kept the self proclaimed sinner in his presence and as his closest companion on earth. What an awesome display of forgiving sin. The joy Simon Peter must have felt knowing that what ever sin he may have committed are forgiven by our Lord.
I too have experience this forgiveness every day. I ask for it in prayer or by what I consider one of the greatest sacraments we are given penance. The relief I feel after confession and the burden I feel lifted off my shoulders is indescribable. Knowing that our savior has already forgotten my sins and loves me despite them is so overwhelming. I know its cliche but God hates the sin not the sinner. For those who have not been to confession in a long time or have never been, do not fear it, embrace it you will feel so much better afterwards. Jesus loves all of us sinners.
A Prayer of Contrition
Merciful Father I am guilty of sin I confess my sins before you and I am sorry for them. Your promises are just; therefore I trust that you will forgive my sins and cleanse me from every stain of sin. Jesus himself is the propitiation for my sins and the sin of the whole world. I put my hope in his atonement. May my sins be forgiven through His name and in His blood may my soul be made clean.
Sometimes we need to remember to simply ASK for his help!
Here I a great prayer that I wanted to share with everyone.
Prayer Of St. Ignatius Of Loyola
Dearest Lord, teach me to be generous;
teach me to serve You as You deserve;
to give and not to count the cost,
to fight and not to heed the wounds,
to toil and not to seek for rest,
to labor and not to ask for reward
save that of knowing I am doing Your Will.